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  • October 28, 2021 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    End of COVID Temporary Expansion Permits  

    Temporary COVID expansion permits for bars and restaurants expire on November 1.

    All expansions permitted under EO 2020-13 will need to be removed and returned to their preapproved configuration, if applicable, by end of day October 31.

    You may apply for a permanent Expansion of Premises:

    • If you wish to make it permanent, and
    • The expanded area meets the requirements

    Please reach out to your area license inspector to discuss your options or if you have other questions.

  • September 30, 2021 2:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Minneapolis will once again be enforcing its bag fee ordinance beginning tomorrow (October 1). Businesses providing a bag to customers at the point of purchase must charge a minimum 5 cent fee per bag and itemize this on receipts. If you have questions about the ordinance, you can review the language at the link below, or contact SWBA for assistance.

    Bag Fee Ordinance

    Contact SWBA at or 612-823-3472

  • September 10, 2021 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will begin accepting applications for the Main Street COVID Relief Grants Program on September 20th. A total of $64,200,000 is available in grants for Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses that are majority-owned by military veterans, women, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color individuals; employ 6 people or fewer; and/or did not receive previous assistance from other state relief programs will be prioritized in the selection process. Funding will be distributed in a 50/50 split between the Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota.

    If you have questions, you can email We will also be keeping our Frequently Asked Questions updated as we get inquires. Additionally, you will be able to find translated program information on our website in HmongSomaliSpanish, and Vietnamese. You can also watch our How To Apply For The Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grant video in HmongSomali and Spanish. You can also share our English flyer and English video.


    Minneapolis CPED will be holding informational sessions; please find the dates and details below.

  • September 07, 2021 11:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Minneapolis League of Women Voters is hosting a candidate forum for Ward 11 (sponsored by Ward 11 Neighborhood Groups). Questions may be submitted to

    September 15 @ 6:30pm
    Watch Live: or at

    Confirmed Candidates Include:

    • Kurt Anderson
    • Dillon Gherna
    • Emily Koski
    • Jeremy Schoeder
  • July 15, 2021 2:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    35W was slated to close again this weekend between 62 and 280, but will now remain open as equipment availability became an issue. We'll post updates as they are made available.

  • July 08, 2021 3:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Starting Late Friday through early Monday morning, 35W will be completely closed in both directions from 62 to 94. Be sure to let your clients and customers know how to get to you!

  • June 29, 2021 9:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    *upcoming webinar*: Text marketing that gets a response

    Learn how to take advantage of text’s 98% open rate with SMS marketing campaigns that have measurable results. With guest speaker from @podium you'll learn how to:

    • Get more reviews
    • Communicate quickly
    • Build your list, easily
    • Set appointments with ease
    • Plus much more!

    Register for the FREE webinar on June 30th:

    #TextMarketing #FreeWebinar

  • June 08, 2021 12:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We love all our local businesses - and are looking for some extra love for our health and fitness businesses today. Our gym and fitness centers were hit hard by the pandemic and forced closures over the past year. The Federal Government recognized restaurants needed additional relief and quickly passed legislation to provide them additional support. Now there's a bill out there to do something similar for our gyms, but it needs your help to pass. Please spread the word and contact congress to urge their support of this effort today!

    Learn more and find easy links to contact your representatives at:

  • April 26, 2021 9:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Small Business Administration (SBA) began the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program at the start of the pandemic. The SBA announced they have increased the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through the program. The SBA has raised the loan limit from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000.

    If you’re a business that has received a loan at the current limits, you do not need to submit a request for an increase. The SBA will reach out to you via email to provide more details about how to request an increase. Any new loan applications submitted going forward will be automatically considered for the new loan parameters.

    You can apply for the EIDL program here, and you can email your questions to or call the the SBA at 1-800-659-2955.

    Also, effective immediately, applicants can send a request for reevaluation of a Targeted EIDL Advance application that was declined to the following email address:

    Applicants should follow these instructions when requesting a reevaluation:

    • Send an email to
    • Use the subject line “Reevaluation Request for [insert your 10-digit application number]”
    • In the body of the email, include identifying information for the application such as application number, business name, business address, business owner name(s) and phone number
    • Important: Include an explanation and any documentation that addresses the reason for the decline, if available. SBA will contact applicants if additional documentation is required to complete the review.


    Among the hardest hit small businesses throughout the pandemic have been live venues, performing arts organizations, museums, and movie theaters. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, otherwise known as the Save Our Stages Grant, is an SBA grant program that directly targets these businesses for relief. This program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

    Unfortunately, the application portal had been temporarily suspended due to technical difficulties. I am pleased to announce that the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal will reopen on April 24In the meantime, applicants can register for a new account here.


    The RRF is designed to provide emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses. While the SBA is not yet accepting applications, you can prepare by reviewing the sample applicationprogram guide, and cross-program eligibility chart here. You will be able to apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale Restaurant Partners or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal. If you haven’t already, sign up for RRF email updates here.

    The official application launch date will be announced shortly. Ahead of the application launch, and over the next two weeks, the SBA will provide outreach and training on how to apply, application requirements and where to apply. 

    For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Following the 21-day period, all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications. 


    Because these programs are administered by SBA, they should be your first point of contact with questions or issues. You can reach the SBA by calling (612) 370-2324, emailing, or by visiting their website. You can also reach out to your local Small Business Development Center for assistance. You can also find information on the House Committee on Small Business website, here.

    The SBA has launched a series of workshops to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the information needed to ensure economic empowerment and business success. The next workshop is on April 28 at 10 a.m. CT and will cover how and where to find additional small business support resources. You can also attend a webinar on navigating today’s crises and disruption on Thursday April 29 at 11 a.m. CT.

  • March 12, 2021 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Governor Walz announced big “dial turns” this morning, loosening work from home requirements beginning April 15 as well as removing some restrictions March 15 as COVID cases continue to decline and more Minnesotans get vaccinated.

    Masking and Social Distancing Remains In Place

    Changes Beginning at NOON on March 15th:

    • Restaurants can go to 75% with bar seating allowed for groups of 4 
    • Gym capacity moved to 50%
    • Salon and Personal Services capacity limits are removed
    • Indoor events and entertainment can open at 50% capacity, with no more than 250 people.
    • Outdoor events and entertainment can open at 50% capacity, with no more than 250 people
    • Capacity limits on places of worship are lifted
    • Household gatherings of 50 permitted outdoors and 15 indoors with no limit on number of households 

    Changes Beginning on April 1st:

    • Indoor events and entertainment venues with occupant capacity greater than 500 may increase capacity per state guidelines
    • Outdoor events and entertainment venues with occupant capacity greater than 500 may increase capacity per state guidelines

    Changes Beginning on April 15th:

    • Workers may return to work in person, but remote work is still strongly encouraged

    Executive Order, 21-11

    Stay Safe Guidelines and Recommendations
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